- to wake up; rouse from sleep: I awoke at six with a feeling of dread.
- to rouse to action; become active: His flagging interest awoke.
- to come or bring to an awareness; become cognizant (often followed by to): She awoke to the realities of life.
- waking; not sleeping.
- vigilant; alert: They were awake to the danger.
Origin of awake
Examples from the Web for half-awake
Now half-awake, we need all the help we can get in understanding our situation.American Democracy Under Threat for 250 Years
December 28, 2014
Half-awake, he blinked at the ceiling of the control room of the Liberty.Talents, Incorporated
William Fitzgerald Jenkins
This was from George Warren, whose voice denoted that he was only about half-awake.The Rival Campers
Ruel Perley Smith
She was simply quiescent and passive, like a little child only half-awake.They Looked and Loved
Mrs. Alex McVeigh Miller
Sometimes I think one must have said it asleep, and another heard it half-awake.Lilith
Half-asleep and half-awake; she was aware of shadow-shapes which came and went.The Tin Soldier
- not fully awake
- to emerge or rouse from sleep; wake
- to become or cause to become alert
- (usually foll by to) to become or make aware (of)to awake to reality
- Also: awaken (tr) to arouse (feelings, etc) or cause to remember (memories, etc)
- not sleeping
- (sometimes foll by to) lively or alert
Word Origin and History for half-awake
a merger of two Middle English verbs: 1. awaken, from Old English awæcnan (earlier onwæcnan; strong, past tense awoc, past participle awacen) "to awake, arise, originate," from a "on" + wacan "to arise, become awake" (see wake (v.)); and 2. awakien, from Old English awacian (weak, past participle awacode) "to awaken, revive; arise; originate, spring from," from a "on" (see a (2)) + wacian "to be awake, remain awake, watch" (see watch (v.)).
Both originally were intransitive only; the transitive sense being expressed by Middle English awecchen (from Old English aweccan) until later Middle English. In Modern English, the tendency has been to restrict the strong past tense and past participle (awoke, awoken) to the original intransitive sense and the weak inflection (awakened) to the transitive, but this never has been complete (see wake (v.); also cf. awaken).
"not asleep," c.1300, shortened from awaken, past participle of Old English awæcnan (see awaken).